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Teen Treatment

Most people—adults and teens alike—find the thought of cancer treatment frightening. Some people think the treatment is scarier than the disease itself.

So it’s pretty normal to feel apprehensive, especially when you are being poked and prodded and scanned and people are talking about doing things to you that you don’t really understand.

One thing you should know is that cancer treatment is not as bad as it used to be. The treatments themselves are improving all the time, and so are the strategies and drugs to help minimize side effects.

The most obvious side effect of chemotherapy is hair loss. At first, the thought of going around with a bald head might be pretty upsetting, and you way want to read some suggestions for coping with being bald.

Depending on the kind of cancer you have and how far it has progressed, your doctors may recommend one or more of the following types of treatment: chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, or a bone marrow or stem cell transplant.

Want to learn more? Here are some links to information about treatment for various types of cancer. Some of these sources are written for teens, and some are written for adults. (The ones for teens are first on each list.)

Also, don’t forget that this is your disease, and the more you know the better you are likely to feel about what is happening. On the other hand, if you are feeling overloaded right now, this may not be the best time to read up on cancer. Choose the right time.

Brain tumors
Teens Living with Cancer website 
National Cancer Institute PDQ summary
American Cancer Society website 

Ewing’s sarcoma
Teens Living with Cancer website 
National Cancer Institute PDQ summary 

Germ cell tumors
Teens Living with Cancer website
National Cancer Institute PDQ summary 

Leukemia
Teens Living with Cancer website 
National Cancer Institute PDQ summary: ALL 
National Cancer Institute PDQ summary: AML
American Cancer Society website 

Lymphoma
Teens Living with Cancer website: non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Teens Living with Cancer website: Hodgkin’s lymphoma

National Cancer Institute PDQ summary: childhood non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma 
American Cancer Society website: childhood non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma 
National Cancer Institute PDQ summary: childhood Hodgkin’s lymphoma 

Sarcoma
Teens Living with Cancer website: rhabdomyosarcoma
National Cancer Institute PDQ summary: rhabdomyosarcoma 
National Cancer Institute PDQ summary: osteosarcoma
National Cancer Institute PDQ summary: soft tissue sarcoma